Dysfunction On Display As Canadian Forces Second In Command Resigns

Letter also surfaces linking resignation to Chief of Defence Staff Jonathan Vance.

Canada’s already beleagured Armed Forces, bereft of equipment and facing severe morale and staffing problems, has yet another headache to deal with.

Lt. General Paul Wynnyk, the second in command in the Canadian Armed Forces, has resigned.

In a letter that was released widely throughout the Forces – which is not usually how resignation letters are released – Wynnyk claims that CHief of Defence Staff Jonathan Vance had brought Wynnyk on board, then told him that “my continued service was no longer in the best interests of the CAF,” and asked him to make way for the return of Vice Admiral Norman.

Then, when Norman decided to retire, Vance apparently asked Wynnyk to stay. But clearly, Wynnyk was not pleased with how everything went down, and has decided to retire instead.

The letter, first obtained by Global News, can be read below:

As noted by reporter Mercedes Stephenson, Vance has now gone through 5 Vice-Chief of Defence Staffs:

“One remarkable thing here: this is the first verification we’ve had independent of Vance’s word that he actually was serious about putting Mark Norman back into his original job as VCDS.”

In statement issued by the CAF following the news reports of Wynnyk’s departure, there was a clear attempt at damage control:

“I would like to thank the chief of the defence staff, Gen. Jon Vance, for the confidence he showed in me when he appointed me as the vice-chief and for his leadership of the (military) during what have been challenging times recently,” says a quote the CAF attributes to Wynnyk in the release.

Yet, that damage control doesn’t distract from the fact that the CAF leadership now appears to be uncoordinated and somewhat chaotic.

And all of this is happening as the CAF remains totally underfunded and faces recruiting challenges, including a growing perception that the CAF is being influenced by far-left political correctness and with many Canadians seeing how poorly Veterans are treated following their service.

The departure of Wynnyk, and the way in which it is happening, will only add to the growing image of dysfunction that now plagues the CAF leadership.

Spencer Fernando

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Vance has shown himself to be an unfit leader. He makes too many ill thought out rash decisions. He should be the one to be replaced.


This all looks like what was done to the RCMP years ago, and they are still not recovered but our NOT for Canada governments took way more control of what was a greatly respected Canadian police force.

David MacKAY

The RCMP under Trudeau is now the 93 lowest paid Police Force in Canada with lower pay yet to come. Trudeau Senior hated the RCMP (A National Symbol) and even changed its name to “Police Canada” in 1972 . Parliament took it to Court and the RCMP got to keep its name. Justin Trudeau is simply going to remove training expenses and bankrupt the members into quitting. The RCMP is Canada’s last symbol of Nationalism and Trudeau hates it.

William Jones

The Liberals have yet to learn (and I suspect do not care) that when you play ‘fast and loose’ with the truth and such antics have an immediate bearing on the lives of others, that you more than often lose the game and this is another clear example of that reality.